Aurora, Indiana is a historic river town located in Dearborn County, Indiana and is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Southeast corner of Indiana.
The town is named for Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology. Aurora was settled in the early 1800’s and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River.
Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics. It is also known for its picturesque historic downtown area and the ornate Hillforest mansion built for Thomas Gaff who earned his fortune shipping goods on the Ohio River by steamboat. The mansion was designed by architect Isaiah Rogers and was completed in 1855 in the Italian Renaissance style.